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Comcast doubles Speeds for low-income Internet Essentials program in wake of criticism

After criticisms from legislators and students currently attending school remotely, Comcast has announced that it is doubling download speeds for its Internet Essentials low-income broadband program

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New research will look at heat wave risks during pandemic

This document is part of the NCAR & UCAR Newspage. In this brief description, the author talks about ways in which NCAR and other entities are pooling together funds to conduct research into heat vulnerabilities and its intersections with risks of contracting COVID-19. That said, the brief...Read more

Caught in a patchwork of policies and pledges, some utility customers may still be awaiting electricity restoration or racking up fees

This article reports on the state of disconnections across the United States in March 2020. One of the major points of the article is that, although many states have suspended utility shut-offs during the pandemic (sometimes for an unspecified length of time) there is little data on whether...Read more

Home as Refuge, Fewer Reusables, Less Privacy: The Consumer Trends Emerging From Coronavirus Lockdowns

This article posted on the Wall Street Journal takes a timely look at global consumer trends since the start of Coronavirus Lockdown. The information summarized discusses emerging trends such as activism, pride, and mobility that are heavily influencing how consumers are shopping as...Read more

LIHEAP and Utility Assistance Funding Status: Regular & Pandemic-Related Funding

This document, created by NEADA, outlines both regular and pandemic related funding for LIHEAP and other utility assistance that have been released or appropriated since the COVID-19 began. Appropriated funds that are pending release include $4.5 billion in additional funding for LIHEAP through...Read more

The Energy Rights Project Phone Survey Consent Form and Resource Packet

This PDF contains a copy of the consent script read to individuals surveyed in the Energy Rights Project's second round of surveying, which began in November 2020. It also contains a list of various energy assistance resources, both local to Philadelphia and national. The first page of the...Read more

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